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Case No. 23-1018

In the Interest of J.M., L.M., R.M., and M.M., Minor Children

D.M., Father-Appellant

B.M., Mother-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Father

Lisa K. Mazurek

Attorney for Appellant Mother

Michael H. Johnson

Attorney for Appellee State

Tamara Knight, Assistant Attorney General

Guardian ad Litem

Tyler J. Alger

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 13, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Clay County, Andrew Smith, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED ON BOTH APPEALS.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Badding and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (9 pages)

            The mother and father of four boys separately appeal the termination of their parental rights under Iowa Code section 232.116(1) (2023), paragraphs (e) and (f).  The mother claims the State did not make reasonable efforts to reunify her with the children, and the father claims he maintained significant contact to the extent he was able.  Both parents assert that it was not in the children’s best interest to terminate their parental rights and ask the court to consider their bond with the children as an exception under Iowa Code section 232.116(3)(c).  OPINION HOLDS: Because we find the State’s grounds for termination were met and no exception is warranted, we affirm the termination of both the parents’ rights.

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